Ryanair Chase Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2020 - DAY 3)

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The Grade 1 Ryanair Chase is a two mile five furlong chase open to horses aged five years or older. It is seen as an easier alternative to the Gold Cup but has attracted quality fields in its first nine runnings. This race was won in 2019 by Frodon for trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Bryony Frost, who became the first female jockey to win a Grade 1 at the Cheltenham Festival. Check out below our Cheltenham 2020 Ryanair Chase race preview, with odds, tips, predictions, trends, free bets and betting promotions.

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The Ryanair Chase was introduced at the Festival in 2005, and has become the "easier option" for some high class horses to take rather than tackle the Gold Cup. It's a Grade 1 National Hunt chase run over two miles and five furlongs, for horses aged five years and upwards, with  17 fences to be jumped. The race boasts an impressive prize purse of £350,000 and has produced some impressive winners in recent years.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Ryanair CHase and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

A PLUS TARD kicked off the season with a slightly below par effort behind a fit Ballyoisin at Navan but then came right back to form with a smooth success at Leopardstown from the highly regarded Chacun Pour Soi. Successful in last year's Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase in convincing fashion, he has now won 3 from 7 over fences.

MIN has been to Cheltenham three times and been beaten by Altior on each occasion. He took the Irish Champion Chase last April at Punchestown (beating Politologue by over 20 lenghts). This season he has landed the John Durkan Chase race over a longer trip beating Hardline by over two lengths. Last time out he came up short when bidding to make it a hat-trick of wins in the Dublin Chase at Leopardstown,  going down narrowly to Chacun Pour Soi

FRODON produced a memorable display to land a competitive Ryanair Chase last year, beating Aso by a length and a quarter. He was below that form in his first two starts of the current campaign, but he looked much more like his old self when winning the Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton last time.

CHACUN POUR SOI hit the headlines when beating Defi du Seuil at Punchestown, with the Arkle winner Duc des Genievres a remote third. He has created a deep impression in winning 3 of his 4 starts over fences since arriving from France. He was beaten at 15/8-on at Leopardstown at Christmas but brilliantly landed a Grade 1 race at Leopardstown in February (with Min well behind him).

RIDERS ONTHE STORM recently completed a hat-trick for Nigel and Sam Twiston-Davies in the Ascot Chase (by 14 lengths from Janika) last time out. Prior to that he kicked off by winning a Class 2 handicap at Aintree off 140 and then was made favourite to win the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, unfortunately due to an admin mix up he couldn’t run.

POLITOLOGUE finished runner-up last year, just under two lengths behind Altio. Paul Nicholls' charge has run just twice so far this season, chasing home Defi Du Seuil at Cheltenham in November before finishing fifth behind the same horse in the Tingle Creek at Sandown.

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DUC DE GENEVRIES failed to build on the promise of his 2019 Arkle Chase win in five starts this season.

SAINT CALVADOS produced a career-best effort to be beaten just a nose by Oldgrangewood in a Grade 3 handicap over C&D last time out.

SHATTERED LOVE won the JLT Novices’ Chase over C&D at this meeting in the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.

ASO has been well below his best on last 2 starts but has a good record here, including placed twice in this race, and wouldn't be a surprise to see him bounce back to form.

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  • 4 of the last 12 winner were favorites or joint favorites
  • Only 2 winners started at a bigger price than 6/1 in the betting
  • 10 of the last 12 winners have been in the top 3 in the betting
  • 15 out of 15 winners had already won with same jockey onboard.
  • 14 out of 15 had previously raced at least two times at Cheltenham
  • 10 of the last 12 winners have had a previous win at Cheltenham
  • 7 of the last 8 winners raced in the King George VI Chase.
  • 10 of the last 10 winners were rated 160 or more


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What time is the Ryanair Chase?

The Ryanair Chase is the 3rd race run on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Thursday March 12, 2020 and the official starting time is 2:50pm.

How many obstacles are jumped in the Ryanair Chase?

There are 17 obstacles to jump for the Ryanair Chase runners

What is the distance of the Ryanair Chase?

The Ryanair Chase is run on a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs

What is the prize money for the Ryanair Chase?

The total prize money on offer for the Ryanair at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival will be £350,000.

Who won the Ryanair Chase last year?

Last year's renewal was won by Frodon at SP of 9/2, trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Bryony Frost.

What weights are carried for the Ryanair Chase?

11 st 9 lb (5yo). 11 st 10 lb (6yo+), with a 7lb allowance for fillies and mares.

Who is the leading jockey in the Ryanair Chase?

Tony McCoy rode three of the last 10 winners, but has since retired, as has Ruby Walsh, who rode two. The latter has been substituted by Paul Townend.

Who is the leading trainer in the Ryanair Chase?

With 2 winners each, Willie Mullins and Jonjo O'Neill top the Ryanair Chase standings across the last 10 renewals.

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